It was not as easy as the first time but the Kuala Lumpur Dragons picked up another double-digit victory against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, winning 92-80, Wednesday night at the MABA Stadium.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas was hoping for a much better showing against the Dragons after being embarrassed in their first meeting but they hampered from the start as the newly activated Justin Brownlee was not able to make it to the game.
Like what happened in the first game, it was Will Artino who led the Dragons once again with 29 points on 11 of 19 shooting from the field with 10 rebounds. The versatile big man, who is the reigning ABL Player of the Week, forced Sam Deguara into early foul troubles and then ravaged the smaller defenders to lead their attack.
Cade Davis was equally impressive with 26 points and 10 assists as the streak-shooter converted six of his eight attempts from downtown.
Kuala Lumpur built their first double-digit lead of the game late in the first quarter, 20-9, with an 11-0 run. The Dragons kept the pressure on Alab as they led by as many at 27 points, 88-61, in the fourth quarter after two Davis free throws.
With the result of the game no longer in question, Kuala Lumpur head coach Jamie Pearlman mixed up his rotation to give his bench guys an opportunity, which allowed Alab to inch closer and make it a more respectable scoreline to end the game.
Amir Bell had another solid all-around game with 11 points, five rebounds, and nine assists while Simeon Lepichev also added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Jordan Heading had a career performance with 26 points as he scorched hot from downtown with eight triples. Nick King had 28 markers in the game but he scored 17 of these points in the fourth period when the game was already beyond reach.
The problem for Alab was that they barely got anything from Deguara as he appears to be a bad matchup for Artino and Kuala Lumpur’s fluid offense. The giant only had four points and eight rebounds in the game while playing less than 15 minutes. This meant that Alab only had one import in King for about 25 minutes of the game while the Dragons had all three of their imports playing about 30 minutes each.
Kuala Lumpur now moves up the rankings with their 8-7 win-loss tally while Alab falls to 9-6.
Both teams will play again this Sunday with the Dragons facing off against the Singapore Slingers anew at the OCBC Arena with Alab going up against the Saigon Heat at home.